Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16: A preacher at a Salafi Mosque, Mohammad Hanif is alleged to have influenced several youth in Kerala who allegedly are said to have joined the ISIS. Hanif was arrested by the Mumbai police last week after a complaint alleged that he was responsible for indoctrinating a youth from Nagpada in Maharashtra.
The Mumbai and Kerala police who have been coordinating in this case have learnt that Hanif may have indoctrinated several youth from Kerala as well. The Kerala police is probing a case in which 21 persons from the state had gone missing and are alleged to have joined the ISIS.
Kerala police officials tell OneIndia that Hanif had been under their radar for sometime now. There have been complaints that his speeches were radical in nature. The probe now focuses on whether Hanif had radicalised youth and urged them to join the ISIS, the officer also notes.
Further the police are also probing to find out if the missing youth were in touch with Hanif. There are indications that some of the youth were in touch with him, the police say. Our probe has found that some of the youth were regularly in touch with him since 2014, the police also note.